1 part of the body
left, right
back, hind, rear
lower, upper

an injury to his upper leg

short, stumpy
beautiful, good, shapely
muscled, muscular, powerful, strong
skinny, slender, spindly, thin
artificial, prosthetic, wooden
bad, stiff

I was able to stand on my good leg.

hurt (esp. AmE), injured
broken, fractured

He sat down with his lame leg outstretched.

tired, weak

She crossed the finish line on tired legs.

shaky, wobbly

He rose to his feet on shaky legs.


a fine pair of legs


He put his back against the car, braced his legs and pushed.


I moved the chair away from the table so I could cross my legs.

splay, spread

They made him put his hands on the police car and spread his legs.

extend, stretch, stretch out

She stretched her legs under the table.

It was good to get out of the car and stretch our legs (= walk around).


The dog lifted its leg against the lamp post.

draw up, tuck under

She sat with her legs drawn up underneath her.

swing, throw

She swung her legs over the side of the bed and reached for her crutches.

entwine, tangle, wrap

They gazed at each other, their legs entwined under the table.

break, injure

He lost a leg in a motorcycle accident.


She had her leg amputated below the knee.

shave, wax

I'm getting my legs waxed tomorrow.


They ran together, their legs moving in unison.

flail, kick

He jumped to avoid the flailing leg of the defender.


She started running, fat legs pumping.

buckle, give way

His legs buckled and he collapsed on the floor.

shake, tremble
dangle, hang, swing

He sat with his legs dangling off the bridge.

cramp, injury, pains, ulcer, wound
room (usually legroom)

You don't get much legroom on economy class.


Leg extensions use the quadriceps muscles to extend the knee.

between the/your legs

The dog sloped off, its tail between its legs.

in the leg

He was shot in the leg by a sniper.

on the/your leg

I had a big bruise on my leg.

on one leg

Many birds are able to stand on one leg for hours at a time.

your leg in a cast (esp. AmE), your leg in plaster (BrE)

He was wheeled out of the hospital with his leg in a cast/in plaster.

2 of trousers/pants
pant (AmE), trouser (BrE)
pull up, roll up

He rolled up the legs of his jeans.

roll down
long in the leg, short in the leg

These jeans are too long in the leg.

3 of a journey/race
first, second, etc.
final, last

The fastest runner often runs the anchor leg (= the last part) of a relay race.

on the … leg

We were on the last leg of our journey.

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • leg-1 —     leg 1     English meaning: to drip, ooze, flow out     Deutsche Übersetzung: “tröpfeln, sickern, zergehen”     Material: Arm. lič ‘swamp, marsh” (*lēgi̯ ü); O.Ir. legaim “löse mich auf, zergehe, schmelze”, fo llega “(die ink) running from”,… …   Proto-Indo-European etymological dictionary

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  • leg. — leg. 〈Abk. für ital.〉 legato * * * leg. = ↑ legato. * * * leg. = legato …   Universal-Lexikon

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